Tivo as digital hub?. Om Malik thinks Tivo's purchase of a startup called Strangeberry signals its intention to become a hub for digital home entertainment. Makes sense. Strangeberry is apparently made up of ex-Sun people, and the idea of universal zero-configuration networking was a big element of Sun co-founder Bill Joy's Jini vision.
Of course, all the major consumer PC vendors, most notably Gateway, Sony, and HP, have similar dreams, as do Apple, Microsoft, and your cable company. This probably makes Tivo interesting acquisiton bait. But for whom? Tivo is built on Linux, so it probably isn't a fit for any of the Windows-centric companies. Or for Apple, which has its own Rendezvous networking technology. [Werblog]